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Brandon B. manages Ignite’s afterschool program quality improvement initiatives, including the Professional Development Coordinating Council, the Making Meaning with Multiple Data Sets (M3) process, and Believe It. Build It. – Minnesota’s Guide to Effective Afterschool Practices. He also builds Ignite’s relationships with afterschool program providers, citywide systems, and regional collaboratives.
Joining Ignite in 2017, Brandon’s background includes more than 10 years in youth engagement – helping young people tell their stories and build confidence through songwriting, music production and performance. You may recognize Brandon from past gigs at Hope Community Inc., Migizi Communications, McNally Smith College of Music, Minneapolis YMCA Beacons or perhaps as part of the renowned Twin Cities-based hip-hop duo Big Quarters. Having roots in both metro and rural Minnesota communities, Brandon is eager to strengthen afterschool access and quality in communities of all sizes. Brandon holds a bachelor’s degree in Journalism and Chicano studies from the University of Minnesota – Twin Cities.
Brandon T. is responsible for all Ignite communications, including digital media, social media, and communications materials. He also coordinates afterschool issue education and policy efforts at the state and federal levels.
Brandon joined the Ignite Afterschool team in 2013, to apply his research and policy experience towards improving the lives of Minnesota's youth. A University of Minnesota graduate, Brandon interned in London with Three Faiths Forum, a non-profit dedicated to intercultural and interfaith understanding, tutored U of M student-athletes in social sciences, and spent time in Washington, D.C. as an intern for Senator Al Franken. He is currently pursuing his Master of Public Policy (MPP) degree at the UMN Humphrey School of Public Affairs. When he’s not figuring out new ways to help Minnesota’s youth reach their fullest potential through afterschool, Brandon enjoys running, rock climbing, and reading to discover new ideas and perspectives.
Elena is an AmeriCorps Vista member serving with Ignite Afterschool. She is helping to develop Ignite’s database and engagement systems to ensure Ignite’s partners have the best possible experience. Beyond building out our member engagement system, she will also be supporting Ignite’s professional development coordination efforts.
Elena grew up in Saint Paul and graduated from Luther College. While at Luther she studied Environmental Studies- which gave her an itch for working and teaching outdoors. She started youth work in 2013 working for a YMCA camp located outside of Ely MN. In her free time she tries to do all of the fun things youth in afterschool programs get to do like pottery, canoe, cook, and hang out with fun people.
As Executive Director, Kari ensures Ignite’s core work advances the organization’s mission, builds strategic partnerships, and support our Board of Directors. Please contact Kari with any press or media inquiries.
Kari joined Ignite Afterschool in 2013 to help build a strong, united voice for afterschool throughout Minnesota. Before joining Ignite, Kari spent seven years at the City of Saint Paul advancing Mayor Chris Coleman’s bold educational vision, and also as director of Sprockets, the city’s afterschool network. Kari has nearly 20 years of experience as youth worker, youth program manager and community organizer. A contributor to numerous whitepapers and a frequent presenter at industry conferences, Kari studied youth policy and public and nonprofit management at the Humphrey Institute of Public Affairs and was trained at the Organizing Apprenticeship Project and the National Training and Information Center.
Matt keeps Ignite’s administrative functions running smoothly – including invoices, contracts, and financial documentation. He also plans, coordinates, and executes Ignite Afterschool’s events in collaboration with Ignite’s staff and network partners.
Soccer, swimming, Science Olympiad, student council, theater, marching band, choir — that’s just the beginning of the long list of afterschool programs Matt participated in as a young person growing up in Olathe, Kansas. So it’s no surprise that Matt has spent the past 10 years supporting young people’s creativity and self-expression at various arts organizations across the Twin Cities. A five-time marathon runner, Matt is an avid reader who is currently pursuing a Certificate from the Minnesota Center for Book Arts. Matt is a University of Minnesota graduate with a bachelor’s degree in Art History and Chemistry.
Ann has been the Executive Director of the Minneapolis Youth Coordinating Board, a governmental joint powers board and partnership, since October 2008. She comes into her current position after serving 21 years as the founding Executive Director of OutFront Minnesota. Ann serves as the Chair of the Board of Athlos Leadership Academy, a Minnesota Charter School. Ann has presented at numerous conferences on topics as diverse as board development, fundraising, the role of the Executive Director, tax issues for non-profit organizations, how to set up a fiscal sponsorship program, class and age issues in community organizing and electoral strategies for non-profit organizations.
Carol is retired having worked about 20 years for the MN Dept of Education as a project manager, supervisor and director in areas related to health, safety, and engagement. Prior to that she was an Executive Director at a local nonprofit focused on preventing youth alcohol/drug use. In addition, she has volunteered on nonprofit boards, PTAs, and other youth-focused initiatives. She has an MBA with an emphasis on public/nonprofit management from the University of St. Thomas.
Chris Ganzlin has served as the VP of Girls and Youth Programs at YWCA Minneapolis since 2011. She has more than 20 years of experience in the youth development field and as a public advocate for youth, focusing on non-formal learning and out-of-school-time. Chris previously held the Howland Endowed Chair in Youth Development at the U of MN and came to the YWCA from over two decades at The McKnight Foundation, where she created and shaped the foundation’s commitment to youth development. Chris is active with the Minneapolis Youth Coordinating Board Afterschool Network and serves on the Better Together Hennepin Advisory Task Force working to reduce teen pregnancy. She also serves on the Minnesota Pediatric Obesity Care and Coverage Task Force and Steering Committee whose role is to reduce health disparities in children of color in Minnesota, and is on the boards of YouthCARE and now Ignite Afterschool.
Prior to joining Ignite's board Kaela has been both the recipient of and facilitator for youth development programming in the Twin Cities. A proud TRIO alumnus and AmeriCorps member, Kaela left the non-profit sector for a few years in exchange for corporate experiences only to be drawn back by the mission and values of youth work.
Grateful for the work Ignite is doing, Kaela believes that with the changes our society sees everyday, engaging afterschool programming and the support thereof, is crucial to the cultivation of opportunities and experiences our youth need to grow. In living this philosophy, Kaela currently works for Genesys Work as the Manager of School and Community Partnerships. In this role she has spent time working alongside teachers, counselors and administrators of Twin Cities schools to find ways for youth to be connected outside of the classroom.
A Minnesota Native, Kaela is a graduate of Augsburg University, where she studied Psychology and Law.
Kathy’s professional career in strategic planning, community building, program creation, youth development and grants management spanned over 25 years, including top leadership positions with the Girl Scout Council of Greater Minneapolis and Greater Twin Cities United Way, from which she retired in 2013. In addition to her board membership on Ignite Afterschool, Kathy serves on the board of Family Pathways. For the past two years, she has been a consultant to Greater Twin Cities United Way during their Education and Safety Net grants review processes.
Kathy graduated summa cum laude from the University of Minnesota with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Communication and received her Masters of Arts Degree in Organizational Leadership from the College of St. Catherine. In addition, she received a degree in Radio-Television Broadcasting and Broadcast Journalism from Brown Institute.
Monica Herrera is the Director of the Safety, Health and Nutrition Division at the Minnesota Department of Education. The team provides training, technical assistance and resources to Minnesota’s schools, youth-serving organizations and other public entities in areas related to nutrition and health promotion, youth development and out-of-school time learning opportunities.
Prior to joining the department, she worked for a variety of nonprofit and state and local government entities in policy development, planning, administration, finance, and organizational development, with a special emphasis on issues that impact women and children. Her career experiences have included leading and managing statewide programs, providing training and consulting services on strategic planning, governance, teambuilding, conflict resolution, community building, collaboration, and cultural equity.
Ms. Herrera is certified in both individual and multi-party mediation and holds a bachelor of science degree in family life studies and a master's degree in public policy.
Mukund’s professional career over the last 25 years spans global industrial and health care markets requiring interaction with cross-functional, multi-cultural teams. A strong leader with personal initiative and commitment, able to motivate through articulating a vision and executing it through clear communication, team work, organization and planning. Among the organizations he has worked for, including General Motors, Medtronic and 3M Company, Mukund has had positions of responsibility in running businesses, portfolio management and strategic planning. Mukund has served as a volunteer with several Twin Cities organizations and hopes to bring these skills to Ignite Afterschool.
Mukund graduated with a Master of Science in Mechanical Engineering from Syracuse University, New York, followed by a Master of Business Administration from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, Michigan.
Terryl Brumm was named CEO and president of the Boys & Girls Club of the Twin Cities in 2016. Terryl has spent the last twenty years advancing the work of youth development and advocating for greater resources to support the collective efforts within the Twin Cities community. Under her leadership the Club’s budget growth continues to increase while investments are made in high quality, evidence based initiatives that strengthen communities and work to give all youth the tools they need to graduate high school with a plan for the future. Serving more than 11,000 kids annually and 900+ a day, the Clubs provide kids age 5 to 18 years a safe, engaging, and supportive community and Club Experience across nine locations including Voyageur Environmental Center. Terryl has a BS in Child Psychology and a Masters of Business Administration.
Tracie Clanaugh has served as a leader in the field of Youth Development since 1990 when she began her career at the Duluth Area Family YMCA. At the YMCA she has served as Youth and Family Program Director, YMCA Camp Miller Director and has most recently serves as Executive Director of the Community Services Branch of the YMCA. In addition to the Duluth YMCA she worked with ten school districts in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan; securing and implementing a 10 district 21st Century Community Learning Center project in 3 counties. Her work as a leader includes extensive staff and volunteer training, collaborative leadership in a number of collaborations that work to serve youth in our community and management of high-quality program that align with the mission of our organization.